Catching up with … CSKYWLA

As we gear up for the next issue of The Atlanta Educator (download out the summer issue here), we touch base with a School Reform Team each issue to find out all the cool things going on at the respective schools. And often we get a LOT of info back in return, as we did in the case of SRT-4!

What to with all of it? Well, consider this a little notebook dump as we catch up with everything that’s going on with these schools, starting with Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. (You can also follow them on Twitter at Here’s what they’ve been up to …

* The school was named a “Model School” last July by the Gurian Institute during its 2009 Summer Institute. in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Founded in 1996, the Gurian Institute is committed to helping students reach their full potential by providing professional development that increases student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and parent involvement.” The “model school” designation was awarded to CSKYWLA, a single-gender school, for providing an educational environment which strives to give each of their students the opportunity to reach their full potential. (More after the jump …)

* CSKYWLA made AYP – Absolute Bar for the NCLB 2008-2009 school year. Four hundred students in grades 6-8 are enrolled for the 2009-2010 school year.

* On Aug. 26, five CSKYWLA students participated in the Women’s Equality Day 2009 event given by Women Flying High, LLC, and the Georgia Coalition of Black Women. The event was designed to increase awareness of the amazing advancements that women have made over the years. Kailin Jones, Mia Price, Jasmin Standford, Zewditu Turpeau, and Kristen Ware gave presentations that highlighted the impact of women achievers on women’s suffrage and right to vote.

* On Sept. 14, CSKYWLA hosted its first guest speaker forum of the school year. Margot James Copeland, vice president of The Links, Inc., spoke to eighth-graders. Ms. Copeland encouraged the students to strive to achieve by doing their best, remaining focused on their studies, and developing lifelong relationships. A business partner of CSKYWLA, The Links, Inc., is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

* On Sept. 15, CSKYWLA held its 2009 Open House. Parents were encouraged to visit classrooms and attend workshops focusing on strategies to improve their child’s ability to reach her full potential.

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